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The "Look Good, Feel Better" Program Is Changing Lives

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Women under going chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer don't feel good and usually they don't feel good about the way they look. But there's a make-over program that lets these women look in the mirror and they like what they see.\r\n\r\nCosmetologist Carrie Long dabs make-up on Daria Auerswald's face. Color is gently stroked over Daria's sparse brows. A cotton swab blends the color. Blush is smoothed over her cheeks. Mascara's next. Eyeliner is then applied. Finally, lipgloss.\r\n\r\nAfter the make-over Daria, is ready for her close-up.\r\n\r\n"It makes such a difference, it makes you feel better about yourself," said Daria.\r\n\r\nBut this day, the attractive 23-year-old San Diego State University student is feeling confident and takes off her wig.\r\n\r\n"I just feel I don't have anything to hide," Daria said.\r\n\r\nDuring chemotherapy she began loosing her hair and eyebrows and wanted to feel good about herself and look good. \r\n\r\n"When I started to loose my hair, I think was definitely the point when I found out about Look Good Feel Better," Daria explained.\r\n\r\nThe Look Good Feel Better program is sponsored in part by the American Cancer Society.\r\n\r\n"We deal with women going through any type of chemotherapy or radiation," said Carrie.\r\n\r\nCarrie is one of about 100 local beauty professionals who volunteer their services at more than a dozen local hospitals.\r\n\r\nThey teach and show cancer patients special make-up techniques.\r\n\r\n"The different things they're dealing with, the tone of their skin, the loss of the eyebrows, eyelashes, the hair," continued Carrie.\r\n\r\nThey learn why they should use disposable cotton swabs and sponges.\r\n\r\n"They need to take precaution with bacteria contamination with jars and make-up sponges," noted Carrie.\r\n\r\nDaria says the program was just what she needed after going through an emotional experience.\r\n\r\n"It did make a difference, I mean they show you all the tips or basically how not to look sick. You do feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror," said Daria.\r\n\r\nThe beauty workshops also show how to wear turbans and scarves. Every participant receives a complimentary bag full of make-up and the entire program is free.\r\n\r\nThe American Cancer Society sponsors the Look Good Feel Better program, and the organization needs your help. It's holding a big fund raising gala this Saturday, September 27, 2008.
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